Barry Sandercock wrote:
How good is the Barry Attack ? I see Mark Hebden no longer plays it and he was one of the main protagonists.
He played it at Torquay in the British, but seems to have given it a miss at the London Classic Open and Hastings. As to how good it is, that's one of the reasons why he made it work for so long. His typical Congress fodder, players in the 2000-2200 range don't really know.
It might be this game, played just after the British that has caused a rethink.
Event "e2e4.org.uk Coventry Open"]
[Site "Holiday Inn, Coventry, England"]
[White "Hebden, Mark L"]
[Black "Fernandez, Daniel Howard"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2 O-O 6.Bh6 Bxh6 7.Qxh6
c5 8.dxc5 d4 9.O-O-O Ng4 10.Qf4 e5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Qxe5 Nc6 13.Qg3
Qa5 14.Ne4 Bf5 15.Nd6 Bxc2 16.Kxc2 Nb4+ 17.Kd2 Nxa2+ 18.Kd3 Qxc5
19.e4 Rfd8 20.Nc4 Rac8 21.Kd2 d3 22.Bxd3 Qxc4 23.Ke2 Qb3 24.Rd2
Nc1+ 25.Rxc1 Rxc1 26.h4 Rc6 27.e5 Rc7 28.Qe3 Rcd7 29.f4 Qd5 30.Kf1
Qd4 31.Qf3 Qb4 32.Qe3 Rxd3 33.Rxd3 Rxd3 34.Qxd3 Qxf4+ 35.Kg1
Qxe5 36.Qd2 Kg7 37.Kf2 a5 38.g3 b5 39.Kf3 h5 40.b3 a4 41.bxa4
bxa4 42.Qc1 Qd5+ 43.Kf4 Qd4+ 44.Kf3 Qb4 45.Qa1+ Kg8 46.Qe5 a3
47.Qe8+ Kg7 48.Qe5+ Kh7 49.Qd5 Qc3+ 0-1